ROE FRAZER is a trial lawyer with 34 years of experience in complex litigation, with over two billion dollars in trial verdicts and settlements on behalf of plaintiffs. He is a principal in Frazer PLC, a boutique litigation law firm centered on representing organizations, companies, health care providers, Indian tribes, and individuals in complex litigation matters. Frazer PLC collaborates with many law firms in almost every case in order to meet the needs and demands of the particular clients and their cases. Roe is usually lead trial counsel in every case, having tried more than 75 cases to verdict in his career.
With a Martindale AV+ rating, Roe is a speaker and writer on a variety of legal and technology topics, serving on the Evolving Legal Market Committee of the Tennessee Bar Association and the CLE Committee of the Nashville Bar Association. Roe is one of the leading attorneys in the United States on the strategic use of legal technology and artificial intelligence in litigation, as well as smart ESI protocol, having started two e-discovery software companies, CaseLogistix and Cicayda.
• Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Private Water Providers Committee, In Re: Aqueous Film-Forming Foam Litigation, MDL No. 2873, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina (appointed by Honorable Richard Gergel, U.S. District Judge).
• National Lead Counsel for American Water Company in its drinking water litigation against industrial polluters of drinking water for broad range of contaminants – PFAS, PFOA, PFOS, PFNA, PFCs, 1,4-dioxane, pharmaceuticals, and other pollutants.
• Lead Counsel for approximately 40 federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments in Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, Louisiana, Nevada, California, Oregon, and Oklahoma, In re Prescription Opiates Litigation, MDL No. 2804, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, as well as various state court actions.
• Member, Indian Tribe Leadership Committee, Indian Tribe Track, MDL No. 2804, In re Prescription Opiates Litigation.
• Lead counsel for Harrison County, Mississippi, In re Prescription Opiates Litigation, MDL No. 2804, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
• Lead trial counsel in a number of PCB and dioxin actions in Illinois state court on behalf of individual plaintiffs.
• Co-Lead class counsel for debenture holders in a securities class action in state court in Pittsburgh, PA.
• Co-Lead counsel for plaintiffs in individual and class action air pollution cases pending in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
• Lead Counsel for three Indian Tribes and a putative class of federally recognized Indian Tribes, In Re: Equifax Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 2800, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Representative Cases, Historically
• Multi-million-dollar plaintiff’s verdicts in complex litigation cases, including a $144 million verdict against Pfizer in an individual products liability case involving the pharmaceutical drug, Rezulin, a $30.26 million verdict in an individual insurance fraud case against Southern Farm Bureau Insurance, and a $5.5 million verdict against General Motors Corporation in products liability, fuel systems case.
• Counsel for individual plaintiffs in various product liability MDLs.
• Lead counsel in numerous state court actions involving thousands of plaintiffs and claims against the manufacturers of the pharmaceutical drug Rezulin resulting in settlements for over 2,700 persons.
• Lead trial plaintiffs’ counsel in hundreds of cases against Monsanto for airborne and water borne PCB contamination (S.D. Miss.) resulting in settlements in all cases.
• Lead Counsel in Branch v. Weyerhaueser, resulting in a multi-million dollar Alabama class action settlement in case involving paper mill water pollution and the claims of riparian property owners.
• Co-Lead Class Counsel in In Re Polybutylene Pipe Litigation (Spencer vs. Shell Oil Co. et al.), a consumer fraud, nationwide litigation resulting in $970 million nationwide class action settlement against E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co. Shell oil Co., Hoechst-Celanese, and Eljer Industries in multiple courts.
• Lead trial counsel in hundreds of individual pharmaceutical drug and medical devices cases against many pharmaceutical drug and medical device manufacturers in the United States.
• Lead trial counsel in numerous individual plaintiffs in various automotive products liability actions against many automobile manufacturers.
• Co-Lead Class Counsel in Pigford v. Glickman and U.S. Department of Agriculture (“The Black Farmers Case”) (D.D.C).
• Plaintiffs’ counsel in In Re Sunset Limited Train Crash Litigation, MDL No. 1003 (S.D. Ala.).
• Lead trial counsel in a number of individual asbestos lawsuits against every asbestos manufacturer, distributor, installer, etc.
• J.D., Cumberland School of Law (1985), Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama; Editor-in-Chief, Cumberland Law Review; Co-Captain, National Moot Court Team; Member, Order of Barristers.
• B.A., Politics, Wake Forest University (1982), Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Other Law-Related Items of Interest
• U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Delegate, Honorable John K. Bush, Sixth Circuit Annual Judicial Conference, 2018.
• Author: four law review articles and numerous periodicals.
• Speaker: numerous CLEs and legal conferences.
• Member, Dean’s Advisory Board, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.
• Member, American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, and Alabama Bar Association.
• Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, Mississippi Supreme Court, Alabama Supreme Court, Tennessee Supreme Court, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Wisconsin, Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi, Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama, Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee, Northern District of Florida, District of New Jersey, and Southern District of Texas.
• “Top 100 Technology Thought Leaders in the World”, named by City Tech Magazine, London, U.K. (2006-07)
• Co-Founder, CaseLogistix e-discovery software, now owned by Thomson Reuters.
• Co-Founder, Cicayda, an e-discovery software and services company located in the Nashville, Tennessee metropolitan area.
• Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year, Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association (1993).